Healthy Holiday Cocktails
Cranberry Cosmopolitan: 1/2 cup Cranberry Liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, 2 tablespoons lime juice. Mix with 1 cup crushed ice; strain into martini glass. Makes 2 cocktails.
In Apple-Jack Spiked Hot Cider cinnamon sticks are steeped with butter, brown sugar, black peppercorns, cloves, and allspice for a unique blend of spicy-rich flavors. Applejack brandy, a cider-based brandy, or Calvados (the French version) gets stirred in for the spirited final touch.
In our simple Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail, vibrant pomegranate juice, sweet grenadine, and chilled, dry sparkling wine combine for the perfect holiday toast. Garnish with lime slices and pomegranate seeds for a pop of color.
Any good-quality, fruity red wine works well in Blood Orange Sangría; a combination of pinot noir and Beaujolais is particularly good. The vermilion flesh of blood oranges (which come into season in December) is lovely. But if they're not available, substitute navel oranges—both offer a good hit of vitamin C.
Our version of Irish Coffee combines Irish whiskey with smooth, round flavor, with boldly brewed coffee and just a touch of sugar. A topping of whipped cream adds the final festive touch.
Treat yourself and your guests with this delicious “spiked” hot chocolate. Start with Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate (which on its own is delicious and kid-friendly). Add in mint liqueur, such as peppermint schnapps or crème de menthe for the adults.
Try a Black Velvet by mixing equal parts champagne with a chilled stout or dark beer. (Try a Guinness; despite its hearty reputation, it has fewer calories than many of its lager friends.) Pour the stout into the glass first, then slowly add the champagne so that the drinks layer.